Which qualities give Macbeth the strength to establish and maintain himself as king?  My thesis:  Macbeth had many external qualities which gave macbeth strength to keep the corwn,these included...

Which qualities give Macbeth the strength to establish and maintain himself as king?

 

My thesis:  Macbeth had many external qualities which gave macbeth strength to keep the corwn,these included the 3 witches,Lady macbeth and the 3 apparitions.

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Concerning Shakespeare's Macbeth, first I wonder if you might want to rethink your wording in your thesis.  I'm not sure "external qualities" is what you need.  Make sure "qualities" is what you want.

Concerning the witches, apparitions, and Lady Macbeth, you need to devise a strategy.  I suggest you analyze the work from the angle that the witches, etc., give Macbeth confidence that he can successfully get the crown and maintain it.

The witches foresee Macbeth as king.  The apparitions tell him he is virtually invulnerable, and even tell him to act with disdain toward anyone that challenges him.  And Lady Macbeth makes an excellent plan and, when he asks her what happens if they fail, she says simply, then we fail.  The attempt is worth the risk, she implies. 

These all give Macbeth the confidence he needs to succeed.  And he would have to, if he hadn't messed up the plan by killing the grooms, and then taking over the decision-making himself.

I think your thesis can work if you take this angle.

coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Could you angle your statement more to show that MacBeth's belief in the supernatural strengthened his resolve and gave him the confidence to reach for the crown? I think his "perception" of these external agencies mattered more than their actual efficacy. Macbeth's confidence was unfortunately built on shaky foundations, as he found out when he finally met with one who was not of woman born." The witches' weasel words had tricked him, and he had built his whole plan on a false premise. Instead of giving him success and honour, the supernatural was responsible for bringing MacBeth into disrepute and miserable humiliation.